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36 posts • joined 2 Dec 2008

Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: WTF?

Um, the PowerPC processors were the ones that were made by Motorola (and IBM) that apple used to use (they used Motorola's 68k processors before that). Apple then switched to Intel in 2006, and are still on Intel processors to this day.

Also, it's RISC, not Risk.

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

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Re: "Sic" yourself

Yep, you'd regularly hear that in Ireland too. Jasper Hamill should try and remember that there's numerous valid dialects of English.

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

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FAIL

So the old song was anatomically incorrect

Should have been: "Hitler has only got one boob"

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TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

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Re: Question

I'd be interested in knowing that too. I'm in the same situation - upgraded from a 3GS to a 5, and the old TomTom cradle won't work.

The spec sheet seems to suggest it will:

Smartphone compatible: The car kit fits all Bluetooth®-enabled phones charged with a micro-USB connector and which are 100-127.5 mm tall or 54-80.5 mm wide.

(http://www.tomtom.com/en_ie/products/accessories/for-smartphone/hands-free-car-kit-smartphone-9UOB.001.09/)

I already have the Lightning Micro-USB adapter. But I'll wait for independent confirmation before I splash the cash.

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Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon

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Linux

Dinosaurs are still around.

<--- Here's one.

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NASA probe now closer than ANY OTHER spacecraft to Pluto

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Mushroom

How do you break bad news to a space probe?

So, New Horizons was launched in January 2006, when Pluto was still a fully fledged planet, and has been asleep ever since?

Boy is it going to be pissed off when it wakes up to find that it's only going to a dirty snowball of a dwarf planet now. Lets hope it's not armed with a laser vaporiser like it's en-route to Mars cousin, because it's going to be pretty annoyed with us when it hears about the change in job spec.

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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Angel

Mini Ice Age

Will there be Mini Mammoths?

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Email in the cloud

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wow!

Coudy email! The future is sooo exciting! Now if only you could package that up and call it Hotmail or Gmail or something, I bet you'd be on to a winner.

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Scientists eye curvaceous Earth gravity map

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Explains a lot..

From another article I read, yellow is higher gravitational effect, and blue is lower.

My bit of the world being in a yellow area therefore tells me I'm not overweight, just being gravitationally discriminated against.

Nom, nom, nom.

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The terabyte iPad is coming

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WTF?

Physical loss and theft

The only time I've ever had to turn to my backup disk was when my PowerBook was stolen. Even if SSDs were indestructible, they wouldn't save you from that. I

backup my TimeCapsule (and this backup it off site), not particularly because I'm worried about the TC failing (of course it could), but because if any junkie breaks into the house, of course they're going to take the white box with the Apple logo on top - even if they don't know what it is.

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Google robo cars drive selves on public streets

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RE: How good are they so far?

Another article I read on this said that the driver had to override the autodrive twice over the course of the tests. Once for a cyclist that ran a red light, and once for a vehicle in front that started to reverse into a parking space.

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Apple iPod Nano 6G

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Prove you wrong?

You didn't make a statement, you asked a question. So why would you expect anyone to prove you wrong?

The answer is yes, by the way.

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Apple iMac 21.5in 2010

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FAIL

huh?

Then buy the drive for £50 and fit it yourself for free.You can get spare parts easy - Apple don't actually make the superdrive. Or bring it to an independent Apple service centre and get them to do it. They'll charge less than Apple. I don't see how this is any different to getting an out of warranty repair for a Sony or Dell or anyone else.

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People have NO BLOODY IDEA about saving energy

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FAIL

Flawed article on a more flawed survey

It seems to be all over the place in terms of its comparisons and conclusions.

Why compare washing machine settings to line drying? It's like saying "which saves more energy, line drying or using a fan over rather than a conventional one" . And when the person says "line drying", they're called an idiot that knows nothing about being "eco-friendly". Most people who line dry will probably have seen the detergent ads going on about the benefits of washing at 30 degrees, and so will most likely be doing both if such things concern them. So what if they don't know exactly which one saves more energy? They're not mutually exclusive.

Also, the main "eco" reason to recycle glass is not to save energy, it's to reduce filling landfill with a substance that doesn't break down in any easy way. Being "eco-friendly" isn't just about CO2 emissions.

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John Lewis 'leaks' Apple iPod refresh details, say reports

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no Facetime

I'd say your're right. Furthermore, Facetime on the iPhone requires a phone call to initiate the connection (then the phone call drops, and the rest is done over wi-fi), so it's very unlikely that the Touch will get it, given it isn't a phone.

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Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

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Shock horror!

Actor accepts job offer! But since Fry twittered the opening of his iPad box, he should be more discerning in the tech standards he helps implement, not reading scripts for financial reward like, um... an actor.

Oh, and if "deficiencies of DAB are well known enough not to need reiterating", then what were the subsequent 3 paragraphs for?

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Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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RE: Price of video chat

If it's over Wi-Fi, there won't be a charge - you don't get charged for data over Wi-Fi (unless you have to pay for your wi-fi access). Over 3G, however, could be a different story. That could be why they need to work with the carriers for that functionality.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

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Re: Strong Magnetic Clasp

Apple have been using the magnetic clasp for years on various models, and there's been no problems. In fairness, I'd say it's something they thought about before they put it in.

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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

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Playboy is hardly the best place to put a 3D image

Will any of the regular readers notice that it's 3D? They'll open up the centrefold, see the blurry, double-vision image of a naked woman, and assume that the "you'll go blind" warning was true.

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Operator gang gunning for iTunes

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RE: That's gonna have

@Seanmon: Unless jailbroken, iPhone apps already must be bought through the Apple App Store. This proposed monstrosity if for non-Apple phones.

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E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

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FAIL

Re: Amazing !!!

You criticize them forming an opinion of an unreleased device, then go on to to the exact same thing. Amazing indeed...

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Apple to take iPad orders this week?

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@ Woolworths Syndrome

Of course it has wi-fi. What on earth made you think that it didn't?

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Chinese tablet maven threatens iPad suit

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The iPad might be derivative, but not of this yoke

But the iPad is the same basic design as the iPhone and iPod touch (just bigger), both of which were released long before this yoke. Shenzhen Great Loong Brother is a great name for a company, though - I wish the place I work for had such a cool name.

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Once impenetrable PS3 cracked wide open

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Not so

Um, they don't sell PS2 games for download on the PlaystationStore - Just PSOne games, and if you have the disk, you can use that instead of downloading.

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Court: iPod hearing loss your fault, not Apple's

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3m phones is not 3m people

What would be the point of a volume meter display? I mean, you can hear if the audio is loud or quiet, why would you need to see it displayed on the screen, espically since a running music player spends most of its time in hidden away in a pocket or bag, where the screen can't be seen?

As for being able to "see" the sound level before putting on your headphones, a lot of people put on their headphones before hitting "play", and anyway the start of a track is often a quiet part, so a low level is no indication of what's to come.

Seem like a solution looking for a problem to me.

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Catholic priests, scientists head to Rome to ponder alien life

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The CC is actually surprisingly enlightened on these matters these days

A lot has changed since Galileo. Official Catholic theology fully accepts the Big Bang, evolution, etc, so there's no issue with the Vatican exploring these issues. Although didn't Hawking tell the story of Pope JP II saying that it was OK for humanity to explore the everything that happened after the Big Bang, but not the moment of it itself, as this was God's moment?

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Spain cuts off 3m pre-pay mobiles

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3m phones is not 3m people

I'd say most of those phones aren't in use any more, so I doubt that a significant chunk of the population has just had their mobile access cut.

That said, this measure doesn nothing for security. IMEI numbers can be spoofed, phones can be stolen or bought second hand, or smply brought in from a country that doesn't have manditory registration.

And in reply to Anonymous Coward @12.54, I don't see how not having your box would prevent you from registering. Walk into mobile phone store with mobile and ID, and job done.

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Apple confirms Windows 7 support for Mac OS X boot camp

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Oh noes, not the "fanboys" again...

"for those fanboys with a strange inclination to mix and match their operating systems."

So every Mac user is now a fanboy, eh? Even those who use a rival operating system on their machines?

And if needing or wanting to use two different operating systems at various times is counted as "strange", I can only assume that you're completely bewildered by people who change their clothes and have to think for a second before ordering lunch.

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Bloggy thing signals iPhone FM radio

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@Sebastian Brosig

Record off the radio? Have you ever heard a radio station play a full song from start to finish? If you like the song enough to record it, do you really want to hear the DJ's inane prattle overlayed on the last 45 seconds of it every time you listen to it? The copyright/revenue issues might be enough to stop Apple from ever offering such a feature, but the reality of FM radio would be enough to make sure no one ever actually wanted to use it.

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Model-slag blogger sues Google for blowing her cover

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Coat

@ Samo

"How can she poossibly sue Google for complying with the courts??"

Right and wrong go out the window when there's a mega-corporation to be sued. The hope is that it will be cheaper and quicker for Google to settle out of court than be dragged through rounds and rounds of hearings to defend themselves, regardless of the merits of the case.

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Steve Jobs could return for iPhone speech next week

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@ Anonymous Coward

it's been previously reported that Schmidt leaves the boardroom when iPhone topics come up. Apple and Google both seem OK with that setup.

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Miles EV unveils first e-car

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@ Greg

In all fairness, the battery is rechargeable. They haven't produced a single-use electric car.

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Missed flight woman goes absolutely mental

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RE: Why the hidden camera?

@ Waggers: Here in the 21st century, most people in developed countries carry what are called "mobile phones". I won't go into all the tecnology, but most of these "mobiles" contain a camera with video recording functionality. They have a handy feature whereby you can turn on the video recording functionality whenever you want to - so you don't have to leave it running the whole time in the hope that something interesting will happen in front of it.

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China 'bans' BBC's Chinese website

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@ Anonymous Coward

The Chinese language site (like all of the BBC's non domestic ventures) is run by BBC Worldwide, a commercial arm of the BBC that doesn't rely on licence funding.

So you can sleep easy knowing your £139.50 isn't being misused here.

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Grove: Intel should make electric car batteries

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Quit with the "carbon"

"The world needs a new way to get around that doesn't produce so much carbon."

What is with this use of the word "carbon"? It's *carbon dioxide*. They're two completely different substances.

Do you ask for a "refreshing glass of hydrogen" when you want water?

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Apple tells Mac users: Get anti-virus

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a non story....

This is a complete non story. Some blogger notices that Apple updated an obscure tech support article saying that AV software isn't a bad idea in general, and it's the main story on the Reg? A slow news day indeed!

and @ Anonymous Coward: "I run OSX with protection as I think that just because no one has identified any viruses doesn't mean none exist! "

Um... if none have been identified, then how do you expect your AV software to spot them?

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